Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The sound of success: How to Listen to Music and Work

Did you know, that listening to music could actually increase your productivity and improve your memory?

Past research has proved that a quiet and calm environment is the best way to revise your CIMA exams. However, many students do actually like to have background noise. According to a recent study listening to music during revision can improve your mood which in turn increases productivity and helps students to revise for longer. This is something I certainly find when tackling a heavy Pre-seen document!

Here are five tips on the best way to listen to your music.

1. Classical music is the best genre. Often calm and flowing, classical music rarely has lyrics to distract you. Try it out, Beethoven could be all the difference between a pass and a fail!

2. The lower the music the better – listen to music at a moderate volume. Despite the temptation to be dancing around your revision to whatever anthems are top of the chart, try not to blare them out. You will be in a revision environment, not a nightclub!

3. Create a playlist prior to revision – you do not want to spending half your revision time sifting through your music trying to find a song you want to listen to. This can be a fun and easy revision break, the last thing you want to do is to be distracted by which song you want to hear next. 

4. Listening to music on the radio can be distracting. Particularly with all the adverts between songs and the discussion - stick to a playlist!

5. Set your playlist at 40-50 minutes - when the music stops you know that its time for you take a study break. A break is important to relax and allow everything you have learnt to settle in, time your music around these breaks!

For more advice on your revision techniques, take a look at our course videos. This includes tips on managing your time, planning your answers, and writing style.

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